Coyle speaks on Newcastle's interest in Hanley

Blackburn's Grant Hanley

Will Newcastle United have to search elsewhere for a defender?

Blackburn Rovers Grant Hanley

Blackburn Rovers manager Owen Coyle has stated his reluctance to sell highly-rated defender Grant Hanley amid Newcastle United interest, quoted by The Shields Gazette.

Speculation has mounted that Newcastle have already seen two bids knocked back for the centre-half, but on Sunday it was reported by The Mail that Magpies boss Rafa Benitez would submit a third offer, this time in the region of £4 million.

Grant Hanley celebrates after scoring the third goal for Blackburn

The pressure is on Benitez to bolster his defence after losing Fabricio Coloccini and Steven Taylor this summer, but Coyle, who replaced Paul Lambert at Ewood Park this summer, suggests that Newcastle may need to identify an alternative target.

New Blackburn Rovers Manager Owen Coyle poses after the press conference

“I don’t want to be selling Grant Hanley,” said Coyle via the Shields Gazette. “I’ll say that openly.

“But obviously we can’t stop clubs from admiring our players. It’s the same with me. I admire players at other clubs and you go after them.

“But what I would also say is about Grant Hanley’s valuation as a player. I hold him in very high esteem. I think he is a very, very good player.

“And I think it’s fair to say, in my own opinion, they are nowhere near the valuation of Grant Hanley. I don’t want to lose him.”

The Magpies are also set to seal the signing of Arsenal man Isaac Hayden, who can play centre-back, but another one is certainly needed after the exit of those two stalwarts.

It is a huge season for Newcastle and the supporters will want to get their summer business done as soon as possible to give them their best shot at winning promotion back to the Premier League this season.

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez during the press conferenceNewcastle United manager Rafael Benitez during the press conference

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